At 25, Somi Nwandu has studied, lived, and worked in 5 cities, across 4 countries on 3 continents and has travelled to over 30 nations. Born in Maryland, and raised in Enugu, eastern Nigeria as well as the U.S.A.
Somi has always been fascinated with artistic matters from an early age and expressed her creativity through writing, painting, photography, drawings, fashion illustrations and digital software. After high school, she moved to New York City to further her studies, obtaining degrees in Fashion Design, Fashion Business Management and International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries with a Minor in Economics from the renowned Fashion Institute of Technology and graduated in 2016. She is currently completing an MA in Global Creative and Cultural Industries (GCCI) from the SOAS, University of London while actively pursuing her art in photography, fashion and the digital world.
Makoko Loko: Life on the Water II
Beyond academia, Somi has had the opportunity to plan, develop and showcase major initiatives for various stakeholders in the creative industries. Her experiences draw from holding positions in branding, creative project management, and marketing and art direction. She has worked with globally recognized institutions in the United States of America, Europe and Nigeria, including Macy’s, Tom Ford International, Postscript.london, SMO Contemporary Art, and Ruff ’n’ Tumble.
Somi is a quintessential creative soul with a deep desire to forge cross-cultural ties specifically through the Arts. One of her greatest passions is creating. She is a burgeoning, award-winning photographer and exhibiting visual artist who works in various media and believes in the power of art to uplift, unify and inspire a people. With this, she hopes to emphasize the significance of building more cross-cultural creative ties between Africa and the rest of the world. Some of her works are included in the permanent collection of BON Hotel Sunshine in Enugu, Nigeria, have participated in an all-female group exhibition, Standing Out III: UNMASKED, at The Wheatbaker Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria and have been published in a cultural anthology, POSTSCRIPT, in London, United Kingdom.